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For the love of good food and passion for fine wines,  journey through Italy exploring the great food and wine traditions

Pasta, pizza, cheese and wine are just some of the food and beverage products linked to Italian enogastronomic traditions. Delicious combinations handed down through the centuries transmitting the values and essence of being Italian.
Each region has its own specialities and offers food and wine tours to discover the varied and always tasty local cuisine.
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Polesine Zibello

Polesine Zibello

Polesine Zibello, the town with many faces: landscape, history and food This town was only recently born out of the amalgamation of Polesine Parmense and Zibello, along the charming banks of the great river Po, in the Emilia Romagna area of the Po Valley near to Parma. These two areas, now merged into one, reveal spectacular scenery, fascinating history and excellent local delicacies. The “liquid” lands of Polesine Vibrant vegetation, slow-running canals and old farmhouses. The typical Po Valley landscape boasts plenty of charm in every season: from the green of summer to the warm colours of autumn to the white winter mists. Here, where peace reigns, you can let yourself be lulled sweetly by the hypnotic movement of the water. We find ourselves on what were once small islands, known as “polesini”, which fused with the mainland following floods. Since the land is very flat, we recommend a peaceful stroll or bicycle ride, exploring your surroundings. Unmissable sites in Polesine Zibello The first place to visit is undoubtedly Palazzo Pallavicino. Located in the central square, this 15th-century architectural gem is occupied by offices and institutions, so you can only admire its façade. You can fully capture its spirit by walking through the beautiful loggia below, home, as in the past, to small shops. It is worth stopping for lunch or a coffee at one of the cafés with outdoor seating. Be sure to visit the churches scattered around the village, especially the Gothic-Lombard Parish Church dedicated to Saints Gervaso and Protaso and the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine delle Grazie, the oldest monument. The Museum of Rural Civilisation On the ground floor of the former Convent of the Dominican Friars, a wing has been restored and converted into the “Giuseppe Riccardi” Museum of Rural Civilisation. Agriculture, good food and wise peasant culture are the cornerstones of this area: the museum exhibits this ancient knowledge through everyday objects of countryside life from the late 19th to the 20th century, including furnishings from kitchens and old cellars. At the end of the route, you can see a traditional Po Valley boat made in Zibello itself. Inimitable products and a unique location: the Antica Corte Pallavicina Our trip wouldn’t be complete without trying some Culatello di Zibello, a cured meat that finds the ideal climatic curing conditions on the banks of the Po. And the only PDO so far is right here in Zibello. The right way to enjoy it is in thin, hand-cut slices, accompanied by good bread or focaccia, or ripe figs when they are in season. Another giant of flavour is Parmigiano Reggiano, which you will find in the filling of ravioli and agnolotti, or you can enjoy in its exquisite simplicity. In this flat strip of Italy, every restaurant will spoil you for choice. After exploring a few, you can end on a high note by heading to a special place, a guardian of history and culinary art: the Antica Corte Pallavicina. This magnificent castle on the river Po belongs to the Castelli del Ducato circuit, which houses a relais with 11 rooms and the Michelin-starred restaurant of the Spigaroli brothers, heirs of a family of sharecroppers on the Piatador farm that once belonged to the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, who was born in this area. For a fee, you can visit the manor and explore the Culatello Museum, full of historical documents and fascinating exhibits. We recommend the complete tour of the courtyard with the kitchen garden, the ancient kitchen and the frescoed rooms of what was the residence of the Pallavicino marquises from the 13th to the 19th century. Visitors can also explore Po Forest, a trail through the vegetation of Golena del Po, the family's pig farm and the farm. Finally, you can treat your taste buds with informal tastings at the Hosteria, which offers platters starring Culatello and Parmigiano Reggiano, followed by dishes such as tortelli di erbetta and stracotto di bue with polenta; or you can enjoy the royal treatment by booking a table at the Michelin-starred restaurant. Accompanied by the lapping of the water below, with panoramic views from the large windows, you will be serenaded by a parade of premium cured Culatelli, ravioletti di gallina and many other delicacies: the best of the territory in the skilful hands of chef Massimo Spigaroli. The best time to visit If you happen to be in Polesine Zibello in November, November Porc awaits, with a jam-packed calendar of gastronomic events around Polesine.
Art and culture


Colourful houses leaning against each other stand out against the brown colour of the lava rocks, while rows of trees draw meandering lines on the hills that fade into the horizon. This is the scenario that greets us when, coming from Catania, we begin to glimpse the steep slope, overlooking the Simeto river valley, where Bronte rises. Situated between nature reserves and parks such as the Etna Park, the Nebrodi Park and the Serra del Re Reserve, the Bronte area boasts a rich production of citrus fruits, cereals, olives and almonds. Worthy of special mention are the excellent pistachios that, due to the unique characteristics of the area, have earned recognition as DOP (Protected Designation of Origin). The cultivation of this fruit, introduced by the Arabs, is one of the most important activities in the area and gives rise to a famous festival that also attracts tourists from abroad. The Arab origin of the village is evidenced by the structure of the historical centre with its narrow, winding alleys, recurring steep staircases, courtyards and subways. Its name derives from the Greek word for roar and recalls the town's connection with nearby Mount Etna. Around 1520, King Charles V favoured the enlargement of the village by relocating the inhabitants of the neighbouring districts and placing it under the jurisdiction of the Monastery of Maniace. Destroyed several times by volcanic eruptions, it was ceded to General Horatio Nelson in 1799. The Colleggio Capizzi built in the 18th century in Baroque style, the 16th-century Mother Church dedicated to the Trinity, the Renaissance Church of S. Giovanni of 1580 and the Church of the Annunziata, built in 1535, which features a splendid sandstone portal, are all worth a visit.


Ariccia, the model baroque town with designs by Bernini Along the Appian Way, in the heart of Ariccia, is one of Italy's most beautiful squares, Piazza di Corte. It is the result of the genius of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who was sent here by Pope Alexander VII, of the Chigi family, to redesign the entire village, including the park. The piazza, adorned by two fountains, is overlooked by Palazzo Chigi and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, two absolute masterpieces of the Baroque. After so much art, why not take a break in a fraschetta, the typical tavern where you can enjoy Porchetta IGP and sample the wine of the Castelli Romani. In the palace where The Leopard was filmed While Ariccia's origins are uncertain, surely predating the foundation of Rome, its rebirth has a precise date: 1661. In that year, the fiefdom on the Appian Way was bought by the Chigi family, who entrusted the architect and artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini with its renovation. Bernini was given free rein to redesign the village, which became a kind of model Baroque town. Bernini's project revolves around the scenic Piazza di Corte, overlooked by Palazzo Chigi, a 17th-century remake of an old mediaeval castle. The exterior is rather austere, in the style of French castles, while the interior is a riot of Baroque decorations and furnishings that have survived intact. It was in these sumptuous rooms that director Luchino Visconti shot some scenes of the film The Leopard, and like him, other directors have used the rooms for historical films. Today it can be visited like a museum: in some of the rooms is the Roman Baroque Picture Gallery, with 300 important works by artists such as Salvator Rosa, Luca Giordano, Mattia Preti, Giacinto Brandi, Guido Reni, Giovan Battista Gaulli known as Baciccio, and many others. Opposite the palace, Bernini built the church of Santa Maria Assunta, a Baroque church par excellence. It has a circular ground plan, is preceded by a portico with three arches and has a majestic dome (the work of Bernini's pupil Antonio Raggi), whose proportions recall those of the Pantheon. The Piazza di Corte is also overlooked by the Locanda Martorelli, a building that in Ariccia's golden age, that of the Grand Tour, was popular with painters such as Turner and Corot and literary figures such as Stendhal. Today it is a venue for exhibitions and cultural events. In the sacred forest of Ariccia The 28-hectare park that opens up on the side of Palazzo Chigi was created in the 16th century on the remains of the sacred forest of the Romans dedicated to Diana, which ran on the left side of the Appian Way from Rome to Lake Nemi.   Here too we see the hand of Bernini, who foresaw the romantic garden by designing works such as the Snow Grotto and the Mascherone fountains. The green area, now owned by the municipality, is part of the Castelli Romani Regional Park. What to eat in Ariccia Ariccia is the capital of porchetta, a typical central Italian street food. It is a whole pig, boned and baked for several hours, seasoned with various spices, cut into thin slices and eaten in a sandwich. Many places claim its ownership, Ariccia being among the most credited. Porchetta is eaten here in the fraschette, typical taverns of the Castelli Romani, an area renowned for the quality of its wines thanks to its mineral-rich volcanic soils. The name derives from the custom of the innkeepers to display fraschettas (branches) at the entrance to signal the availability of new wine. The menus always include spaghetti alla carbonara, all'amatriciana or cacio e pepe. Be wary of overly elegant establishments: the original fraschette are rather spartan places in which to end an outing.

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